I got a little irritated though when I clicked on a link to a news story and got not only a news story, but a sidebar ad involving a picture of a woman with handcuffs and a whip. She was technically fully clothed and not actually pornographic, but dude, a giant picture of some bondage chick had just popped up while I was reading news at work. Not exactly something I want someone to see over my shoulder. Apparently the story was on a GLBT news site that seemed totally mainstream and professional -- but based in Amsterdam, where such advertising doesn't faze most people.
A couple days later, this happened again; this time, the story was on a Belgian arts and culture magazine's website and was accompanied by a picture of a buff bronzed guy in very short shorts and nothing else, smiling slyly and motioning someone (hopefully not me) to come closer. Again, not the sort of thing I want people walking into my office to think I'm seeking out.
So, I e-mailed the publishers at Bay Windows, telling them what type of stuff had, uh, popped up, and mentioning that I was now being really careful to not click on any external links from their site while I was at work. I explained that I realize the ads aren't actually inappropriate, particularly in the cultures where the sites are based, but that they're not something I expect to see when I'm looking at a site like theirs that I've always considered appropriate for work.
Jeff Coakley wrote back and said that he poked around and found the sort of thing I was talking about, and that it's frustrating because they might link to a site one day when the site looks totally wholesome, but then the next day the same site might have handcuff girl in the sidebar. He said they'd be looking more closely at advertising trends and choosing their links accordingly.
It's been about three weeks now, and I've been clicking on the external links (still mostly at home at this point...) and haven't yet found anything that looked inappropriate. Yay!